Unravelling and weaving, sometimes simultaneously

The Redwood

It has been nearly twenty years
since you and I entwined
inside the hollow of a redwood
late in autumn’s chill

Whose limbs were whose
the monk
the mystic
and the ancient tree
all tantric twined
with frosted breath

while we swayed gently
in the unmoving cave
of a barked womb
that welcomed us
sheltering our passion
welcoming the energy
of temporal bliss

Unforgettable
the press of wood
and thighs on thighs

mindlessly
inevitable

lost in a moment
lost in each other
lost in the whispers
of wind in the needles
shushing chants
in so many languages

it felt like Babel

creeping from the roots
up our spines
out our crowns
up the trunk
shooting flecks of sparkling residue
high into
the California sky

Here
decades and miles distant
I breathe
and scent
the Druid incense of our love
brief sparked
burnt quickly
banked to ashes

yet cherished
in my memory
part of that old tree’s history
perhaps even entertained
by your winter thoughts
far away

redwood hollow

(c) RCGA 2014

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